Manga Review: Black Clover Vol 1 by Yuki Tabata

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I checked this out of the library without even knowing what it was about. I’m almost caught up on Haikyu!!, and I’m looking for another series to read until new volumes of that are released. This jumped out at me; I liked the cover with the extremely happy looking guy wielding a big black sword. Sure, count me in!

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Review: Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy



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I listened to the audio book until the last three chapters, which I read as quickly as I could. Overall, this was a very engaging book, exploring how horribly political unrest can escalate. I decided to give it a listen because it is frightening plausible – in Divided We Fall, a new ID law that the president signed into law is the catalyst for a rapidly unstable political landscape.

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Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

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I love, love LOVE the concept of this series.  The execution – maybe not so much.  Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the US is now comprised of small independent territories, and the oceans are havens for pirates.  Without citizenship on the land, people on the sea are forced to live in flotillas and floating islands. They depend on pirates for the goods needed to survive, so piracy flourishes. In order to combat them, Reckoners, huge water beasts, are bred and trained to defend a ship that they have been bonded with.  What happens when the pirates try to harness the power and brutality of the Reckoners for themselves?  Mass chaos and a threat that puts the ocean biosphere at risk.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #2 by Hiromu Arakawa

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As Edward and Al continue their quest to get their original bodies back, they encounter danger, and see how far a desperate alchemist will go to keep his license.

This volume broadens the examination of the dark side of alchemy and the theory of equivalent exchange. What is the life of young girl worth, when her father has run out of options in his research? When he does the unthinkable, Edward realizes how close to the edge of darkness he came during his efforts to perform forbidden alchemy. Does it matter that he only wanted to see his mother again? When you look at what he lost, his brother’s body, as well as his arm and leg, for what he got, a lump of flesh that couldn’t even be called human, the price seems steep indeed. The whole system is rigged to so that the truly power hungry are willing to sacrifice the unthinkable to bend the rules. Alchemy can do so much good, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can corrupt absolutely.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

 

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I am rereading these; I don’t think I ever finished reading the series. Grabbed the first 9 volumes at the library (it was easier than digging through boxes to find my copies!). I love the concept of equivalent exchange and that magic has a cost. In order to get something through magic, you must be able to sacrifice something equally as valuable. When Ed and Al try to bring their mother back from the dead, their sacrifice isn’t nearly enough to revive her. Al loses his body, and Edward loses a leg. In order to get his brother back, Edward must sacrifice his arm; all he gets in return is Al’s soul, which he bonds to an empty suit of armor.

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

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I loved this book. Lee is forced to flee her home after her parents are murdered. Disguising herself as a boy, she heads west during the Gold Rush. Keeping her ability to sense gold a secret, as well as her true identity, she begins a dangerous, life changing adventure that teaches the meaning of trust, friendship, and courage. Lee is a wonderful, empowering character who learns to take charge of her own destiny, and works selflessly to ensure the survival of everyone in her wagon train to California.

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Review: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

 

 

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I am often reluctant to reread childhood faves, because as I’ve aged, my reading tastes have changed.  Since The Black Stallion was written almost 80 years ago, the age of the novel also gave me pause.  I impulsively checked it out of the library anyway (I do have an ancient hardcover copy somewhere in my own book collection, but it’s so much easier to read a digital copy).  I remember the first book in the series being one of my least favorites, but after finishing it again, a gazillion years after my first outing with the Black and Alec, I must have remembered incorrectly.  I can’t see how later books can top the excitement and adrenaline rush of this one.

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